LOSING five straight games can really be confidence-deflating at this point for Barako Bull, but high-leaping forward JC Intal swears the Energy Cola are keeping their spirit high, knowing the team is due to break the spell very soon.
The 6-foot-4 Intal banged in a personal season-high 21 points, including back-to-back triples inside the final 11 seconds, but the Energy still fell short, 88-90, on Tuesday against San Mig Super Coffee in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup match at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Nakaka-frustrate, nakakasawa na matalo talaga,” said Intal after emerging from the team’s dugout at the Big Dome shortly after Barako's fifth successive loss after a 2-0 start to the season. “But I still believe in this team. Maganda dito, hindi nawawalan ng loob ang lahat ng players.”
Each of Barako Bull’s five losses were in games decided by eight points or less, although the Energy had the tendency to fade during the final three minutes of each match.
Nevertheless, Intal said the team veterans led by Willy Wilson, two-time league MVP Willie Miller, and Mick Pennisi all stood out in each of the losses, obviously reminding everyone that Barako Bull is not about to throw in the towel.
“Lahat kami motivated to win. We work hard sa practice at grabe ang intensity namin. Akala namin makaka-upset na kami,” said the 30-year-old former Ateneo star nicknamed “Baby Rocket.”
“Nandiyan sila Willie Miller, Willy Wilson, saka Mick Pennisi. They all talk to the young guys, and sa amin ding mga young veterans.”
Barako Bull will be facing three-time Philippine Cup champion Talk ‘N Text on December 20, Meralco on the 21st, and Rain or Shine on the 27th, and Intal is hopeful the team can go two out of three during that stretch.
“Ang target namin at least maka-two-of-three (wins) or at least maka-one win before Christmas,” he said.